Kuujjuaq, QC – August 16, 2018 – Makivvik congratulates Mr. Natan Obed on his re-election to the position of President of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (ITK), the national Inuit organization representing all Inuit in Canada. The election was held this morning in Inuvik, Northwest Territories, in the Inuvialuit Settlement Region, following the ITK AGM, held over the past two days.
“On behalf of Inuit in Nunavik I send my congratulations to Natan,” said Makivvik President Charlie Watt Sr. “Over the next three years there will be much work to do in order to close the gaps for Inuit in all regions, and I look forward to working with Natan on the Arctic Sovereignty Issue and the Right to Self-Determination.
This is Natan Obed’s second consecutive three-year term as President of ITK. He was first elected in September of 2015 at the AGM held in Iqaluit, Nunavut.
Charlie Watt also congratulated the other candidates for running in the ITK Presidential election – former MP Peter Ittinuar, and Peter Williamson.
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Makivvik is the land claims organization mandated to manage the heritage funds of the Inuit of Nunavik provided for under the James Bay and Northern Québec Agreement. Makivvik’s role includes the administration and investment of these funds and the promotion of economic growth by providing assistance for the creation of Inuit-operated businesses in Nunavik. Makivvik promotes the preservation of Inuit culture and language as well as the health, welfare, relief of poverty, and education of Inuit in the communities.